Renovating your house or apartment can really dip into your savings. You can usually save a bit here and there on paint or wallpaper, but flooring always costs an arm and a leg. That is, if you don’t settle for the most basic short-pile grey carpet. A beautiful, easy-to-care-for floor for just one room costs at least several hundred dollars. But we have a secret, money-saving trick – paper bags!
All you need is:
At least one roll of plain packing paper (order online), or lots of plain paper bags in the same color
Large quantity of craft glue (available online or in craft stores)
Indoor wood varnish in your preferred color
Paint roller, or an old, flat floor sponge
And here’s how you do it:
A paper floor is suitable for concrete, plaster, or plywood base floors. Before you can begin, make sure you clean the floor well and remove any old flooring. Old carpet glue must be completely gone. All baseboards should also be removed. If there are holes or any major uneven sections of the floor, they must be evened out before you lay the paper.
In order for the paper to stick, smooth floors must be given a slight texture. You can do this by going over the entire floor with a sanding machine. Afterwards, clean away all of the sanding dust and allow the floor to dry.
Next, tear the paper or bags into large pieces and crumple them a bit. This process will make the paper look more like natural stone.
This is a massive project not to be taken lightly. But all of your blood, sweat, and tears will be paid off by a beautiful, low-cost floor that looks like expensive natural stone.